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Religious communities and life stance communities

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Key figures

678 433

members of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway

Members of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway, by religion/life stance. Per 1 January1
2019Percentage change
MembersPer cent2018 - 20192015 - 2019
1Including only members for whom government subsidy is received.
2One community not represented in the statistics for 2012.
3One community not represented in the statistics for 2010 and 2012.
Total678 433100.03.521.4
Baha'ism1 1180.20.3-1.4
Buddism21 0443.14.817.1
Hinduism11 4051.79.439.4
Islam175 50725.95.224.4
Judaism28090.12.58.3
Christianity365 85153.93.023.4
Sikhism33 9840.67.616.2
Philosophy96 27614.21.39.1
Other religious and philosophical communities2 4390.412.839.8

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Table 1 
Members of congregations in religious and philosophical communities outside the Church of Norway, by religion/philosophy and county

Members of congregations in religious and philosophical communities outside the Church of Norway, by religion/philosophy and county12
20182019
TotalBuddismIslamChristianityOther religion3PhilosophyTotalBuddismIslamChristianityOther religion3Philosophy
1Does not include members living abroad. This means that the total sum of members on county level will be lower than the total number of members of regligious communities and life stance communities
2Including only members for whom government subsidy is sreceived.
3Include Bahài, Judaism, Sikhism and other relgions. One community for for Judaism and Sikhism is not represented in the statistics for 2012.
 
Total620 20318 620159 992338 07117 39586 125678 43321 044175 507365 85119 75596 276
Østfold43 9141 54912 89524 2855084 67745 5531 57113 62025 0865484 728
Akershus86 3243 05521 33344 3133 63713 98691 7983 20623 81246 6064 08114 093
Oslo148 2743 90962 46256 0096 63819 256152 7334 12064 88257 2597 26219 210
Hedmark15 1645253 0038 3191843 13315 6955713 0458 6642043 211
Oppland13 0114632 9996 8031512 59513 4034893 0057 1261662 617
Buskerud40 3371 12712 59219 9371 8434 83841 7161 17013 01120 7051 8804 950
Vestfold31 2489685 54418 9756235 13832 5211 0205 82019 7416695 271
Telemark23 6715114 42915 7251322 87424 2595364 79615 8461572 924
Aust-Agder16 5243861 85612 573791 63017 0454222 05112 811891 672
Vest-Agder31 4449854 26723 4541612 57732 3971 0604 56523 9901692 613
Rogaland58 0871 88011 12736 8201 2716 98960 1171 95411 74237 8501 3847 187
Hordaland52 1781 5577 46033 9751 1947 99253 4991 5907 83734 5431 3278 202
Sogn og Fjordane6 3741281 2563 882981 0106 7681241 3594 1481011 036
Møre og Romsdal20 7827872 64114 0595362 75921 3048552 63514 5465332 735
Trøndelag34 8571 4576 81816 8807998 90335 9121 5047 01717 4798309 082
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)000000000000
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)000000000000
Nordland15 7453472 7149 2411343 30915 8553932 5939 3751383 356
Troms - Romsa11 0112812 0226 1251232 46011 3612912 1706 2921312 477
Finnmark - Finnmárku5 1941189573 274627835 3651261 0293 34365802
Svalbard000000000000
County not stated92144435302211191 1324251844121110

Table 2 
Members1 of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway, by religion/life stance. Per 1 January. Figures and per cent

Members1 of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway, by religion/life stance. Per 1 January. Figures and per cent1
20182019
Members in religious and philosophical communitiesPer centMembers in religious and philosophical communitiesPer cent
1Including only members for whom government subsidy is received.
2One community not represented in the statistics for 2012
Total655 236100.0678 433100.0
Baha'ism1 1150.21 1180.2
Buddism20 0773.121 0443.1
Hinduism10 4271.611 4051.7
Islam166 86125.5175 50725.9
Judaism27890.18090.1
Christianity355 07054.2365 85153.9
Sikhism23 7040.63 9840.6
Life stance95 03014.596 27614.2
Other religious and philosophical communities2 1630.32 4390.4

Table 3 
Members of Christian communities outside the Church of Norway. Per 1 January

Members of Christian communities outside the Church of Norway. Per 1 January1
20152016201720182019
11 Including only members for whom government subsidy is received.
Total296 521349 083339 492355 070365 851
Adventists4 7854 7784 6954 6484 634
The Free Evangelican Congregation3 2303 3183 1693 2643 183
The Evangelical Lutheran Free Church of Norway19 49918 90819 46919 21519 500
The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Congregation4 3554 1171 2902 1872 198
The Icelandic Evangelical Lutheran Congregation in Norway6 5166 8301 0662 7405 619
The Christian Church7 9978 1778 4178 2358 513
The Orthodox Church17 47620 20221 99325 84327 034
The Roman Catholic Church95 655144 856152 022157 220160 884
The Evangelical Lutheran Church Community3 1583 1773 1723 1763 151
The Norwegian Baptist Union10 29610 36710 51010 71110 731
Church of Norway Mission Convenant10 40610 59810 84310 95911 087
Jehovahs Witness12 30412 41312 47912 56612 680
The Christian Community2 5272 5502 4832 4812 455
Christian centres3 1363 0012 9652 9382 924
The Methodist Church in Norway10 56610 53110 43210 32010 190
Pentecostal Congregations39 14939 43139 26340 05640 632
The Swedish Margareta Congregation in Oslo22 00621 6899 48312 33213 264
Others23 46024 14025 74126 17927 172

About the statistics

The statistics show how many people are members of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway. Statistics on religious and life stance outside the Church of Norway are based on reports from county governors for communities applying for state subsidies.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Religious community: Approved religious community according to act of 13 June 1969.

Life stance community: Approved life stance community according to act of 12 June 1981.

Standard classifications

Classifications for this statistics are based on the application form from the communities. Statistics Norway has been responsible for the categorization of communities at the organizational level, partly based on the new application form as well as the old form. Numeric codes are made as a help to IT-work.

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Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Religious communities and life stance communities
Topic: Culture and recreation

Responsible division

Division for Education and Culture Statistics

Regional level

National and county level

Frequency and timeliness

Yearly except for 2005

International reporting

Irrelevant

Microdata

All statistics on religious and life stance communities in Statistics Norway is stored in a responsible and standardized manner in consultation with Datatilsynet

Background

Background and purpose

The main purpose of these statistics is to show how many people are members of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway. Statistics on religious and life stance outside the Church of Norway are based on reports from county governors for communities applying for state subsidies. The statistics have been published in SSB since 1972. Before 1972 the statistics were based on data from the population consensus.

Users and applications

Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs, other government services, research institutions, religious and life stance communities, media, students and others interested in the subject.

 

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 08 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given inthe Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

These statistics can be seen in connection with statistics on Church of Norway.

Legal authority

Act of 13 June 1969 about religious communities and various others, with amendment of 12 June 1981. Further amendment in the regulation on registered and unregistered religious communities was done 19 April 2005. Act of 12 June 1981 about life stance communities with regulation on subsidies for life stance communities 1 December, as well as amendment in the regulation of 19 April 2005. Data is collected pursuant to § 2-2 of the Statistics Act

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EEA reference

Irrelevant

Production

Population

All religious and life stance communities that have been approved by the county governors and which receive state subsidies are represented in the statistics. The statistical unit is a community. According to the law all religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway have the same right to apply for state subsidy, but some communities do not make use of this right. The statistics do not include information on the number of congregations and do not distinguish between registered and unregistered communities. Communities not applying for subsidy one year are not represented in the statistics for that year.

In a registered community the applications has to contain certain information and the priest or the principal has tasks decreed by law. As concerns the unregistered communities less information is required and the priest cannot carry out tasks decreed by law.

Data sources and sampling

Data source for this statistics is electronic data from the Brønnøysund Register Centre (BRC). The data is based on applying scheme with assignment of the members. As of 2005 the assignments were sent to BRC for check. After the yearly check is carried out the data file is electronically exported Statistics Norway. The statistics includes all the communities applying for subsidies each year.

Irrelevant

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The data file is sent electronically from Brønnøysund Register Centre to Statistics Norway when they have completed the necessary control of the member lists received from the county governors.

BRC is responsible for the control on behalf of the Ministry of Culture. The control of the member lists is mainly checking up on double membership (at the individual level) between all religious and life stance communities and the Church of Norway (Dnk) and the National register. BRC has executed the necessary controls of the business number and personal identification number, and thus eliminates duplicates. The data file that Statistics Norway receives contains information on the organizational level per municipality. Data is compared with data the year before. Figures that differ too much from previous year will be checked particularly.

Statistics on religious and life stance communities is a summary statistic. Apart from summary of reported figures, no special analysis is made.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant

Confidentiality

The data can be defined as sensitive and figures will be replaced with dots if there are below three observations in a cell.

Comparability over time and space

Statistics Norway has produced official statistics on members of religious and life stance communities since 1971 based on questionnaires that county governors receive in connection with the awarding of state grants. Members are considered those who have affiliation with a church, i.e. children below 16 years, when they are not enrolled in the Church of Norway. The distribution by county is where congregations are registered, and do not always match county of residence to each member. Before 1970 SSB published tables on religion based on consensus data.

From 2005 the number of members is based on a new registration system. Comparison of tables with previous years must bee done with care. One should also be careful not to make comparisons between the 2005-2006-2007 when clearing work with duplicates had special focus those years. The distribution by county is from 2006 based on county of residence to members.

 

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

The statistics for the religious and life stance communities comprises only communities of members that has requested for and received state subsidies for each year. A source of error can be that some communities forget to apply or because of some other reasons are not represented in the statistics. In 2012 two relatively large communities was not represented in the statistics, but are represented in the statistics per 1.1.2013

As of 2005 SSB has received the electronic data from Brønnøysund Register Centre. SSB consider the quality to have been considerable improved after the duplicate check.

 

Revision

Not relevant